News Roundup and Open Thread: Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Good morning, Blue Jersey fam. Here’s your Wednesday round-up.

Murphy Announces April 24 Will Be Equal Pay Legislation Day

Gov. Phil Murphy tweeted Tuesday that he will sign equal pay legislation on April 24. The announcement came on Equal Pay Day.

And now, former New Jersey Republican governors speak out about the Trump administration...

Whitman to Pruitt: “C’mon!”

Former EPA Commish Christine Todd Whitman thinks current EPA Commish Scott Pruitt and his boss, Donald Trump, are clowns.

Christie to Trump: You Can’t Fire Mueller, Dude

You can’t fire the special counsel. You just can’t.” Dude.

Phil Murphy Makes Move To Combat Trump Attacks On New Jersey

Kirtan Mehta, a former lobbyist and Senate staff member, is the new director of federal affairs, working out of Murphy’s Washington office within eyeshot of the U.S. Capitol.

More Students Eating Summer Meals in New Jersey

In the last year of data collected, 20,000 more children were fed in summer meal programs in New Jersey than in 2015, up 27 percent, for a total of 94,800 children in the state on an average day in July 2017, according to data collected from state and federal agricultural agencies.

New Jersey’s participation rate has grown from 19 percent in 2015 to 24 percent in 2017. Analysts say the increase was fueled by a larger number of programs and facilities offering the meals and greater focus on advertisement.

Shaq Towers Over Brick City

“Shaq Towers” will hover over the city’s downtown as its first high-rise in more than 50 years.

N.J. Could Soon Ban Tackle Football For Kids Under 12

Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle has introduced a bill that would prohibit children from participating in organized tackle football amid a growing concern about the sport’s safety.

Murphy Move To Legalize Recreational Pot Gets Fractured Response From N.J. Delegation

Even some members of his state’s own congressional delegation don’t agree with his push to regulate marijuana in the same way as alcohol.

N.J. Apparently Has The Smartest Fourth Graders In America

The New Jersey Department of Education said that fourth grade scores in reading and math were the highest in the nation in the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress.

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